NEWS FROM ROWA GROUP
Dear Business Partners, background, Quadriga has come a very long way from being
Ladies and Gentlemen, an insiders’ tip.
we are delighted that the first issue of ROWA News 2004 has started exceptionally well for our Group; our success
has been so enthusiastically received by our cus- is driven by our customers’ trust in our performance. The
tomers. The aim of this newsletter is to showcase Group is enjoying strong technical, qualitative and commercial
ROWA, Romira, Tramaco and Müller Kunststoffe - four strong growth in a market which has yet to display the predicted
partners with a broad range of products and valuable syner- upswing.
gies – and to inform you about our product groups. Informa-
tion creates trust, which in turn is essential for good, produc- The Group’s performance to date leaves us confident that we
tive cooperation. will achieve double-digit growth in 2004 as targeted.
The Group’s anticipated turnover this year should be over
It is common knowledge that the best form of advertising is EUR 100 million.
word-of-mouth. Recommendations fuel a large proportion of
the Group’s success: processors will recommend a company Yours sincerely,
that they know can help when things really get sticky. With this Udo Müller
ROWA goes to America:
Tramaco blowing agents get off
to a successful start in the US
ROWA Group USA LLC, Lynn, M.A.,
started a trial production of blowing
agent batches in September. At the
beginning of 2004, production com-
menced on the second extrusion
line. Over the coming months, we
will be continuously expanding the
portfolio of products on sale in the
US and manufactured there.
This move sees the Group serving
the needs of our American custo-
mers to ensure faster product avai-
lability, greater flexibility, less expo-
sure to exchange rate fluctuations
and cheaper manufacturing using
many locally-produced raw mate- lable from major suppliers or only We are bringing this winning concept
rials. with long delivery lead times and to the US market.
minimum order quantities, which in ROWA News will be keeping you up
ROWA Group occupies a unique po- most cases are unacceptable for to date about ROWA’s progress in
sition in Europe as a supplier of spe- smaller companies. the United States.
cial products made precisely to the
customer’s specifications. The pro-
ducts we supply are either not avai-
Rowa · Romira · Tramaco · Müller
ROWA GROUP Kunststoffe, will be retiring at the
end of the year. Christian has been
Firebugs don’t stand a chance, in the plastic processing industry for
over 40 years, of which the last 15
thanks to Stefan Bethke
have been with ROWA Group. Not
even retirement will be able to keep
him away from his special interest:
Christian intends to spend at least
some of his well-earned leisure time
in his own private chemistry lab.
Our customers in “his“ regions –
Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thurin- Investment has not been restricted
gia – will particularly miss his expert to production: research has also
support and friendly, productive benefited from additional spending.
cooperation. “I wouldn’t hesitate a The lab has been equipped with a
single moment to join ROWA all over further twin screw extruder which
again – and I hope that my successor will be used solely for development
enjoys working here as much as I purposes.
do”, says Christian. Our sincere
thanks to Christian for his outstan- These new developments put us in
ding contribution to the company! the best possible position to consoli-
Christian Kirchhof’s successor has date Romira’s standing as a modern,
already been appointed: we will be future oriented enterprise.
introducing him in person in the next
issue of ROWA News!
ROMIRA Luranyl®HT –
Romira on course
Fire protection expert Stefan Bethke product development
(36) has everything under control.
Stefan, who joined ROWA in 1990, is ROMIRA, Pinneberg has just
responsible for building services and Last year, Romira GmbH expanded launched a new product: Luranyl® HT
waste disposal as well as being an its production capacity in the Pinne- is a blend of polyphenylene ether
expert on safety and fire protection. berg site to 30,000 t/a by installing a and impact resistant PS. In addition
As an active firefighter, he is ideally new compounding line as the plant’s to standard non-reinforced grades,
qualified for the job. Stefan trained sixth production line. The new twin
as a gas technician and plumber; he screw compounder has a maximum
joined the fire brigade’s scout group
when he was 13 and remains an ac-
output of 1.8 t/h and is flexible
tive member. ROWA’s site is always wanted?
available for Stefan and his brigade
for practice and training sessions.
Christian Kirchhof to go
into well-earned retirement
successful field sales
representative for the enough to be used for the entire pro-
entire Group, compri- duction palette. Our proven product
sing ROWA, Romira, post-homogenization is also carried
Tramaco and Müller out on this line.
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the wide product range also compri-
ses grades that are reinforced with
fibre-glass or contain halogen-free
flame retardants (in accordance with
UL 94V-0 and 94V-1). We have also
introduced a number of new non-
reinforced or fibre-glass reinforced
grades based on PPE/PA.
Luranyl®HT has a higher maximum
functional temperature with a Vicat
softening temperature of 220°C.
Compared with competing products,
moisture absorption is very low at
0.35%. Luranyl®HT combines seve-
ral excellent properties: it is easy to
work with, it is oil and chemical re-
sistant and has high dimensional
stability under heat.
All grades process easily, using
injection moulding and extrusion.
Luranyl®HT gives short cycle times
and swift, easy removability, parti-
cularly in intricate applications. The +++ newsticker +++ tems simply will not adhere. Coating
product’s dimensional stability is a durability is essential in the automo-
great advantage in extrusion manu- + Industry experts expect prices tive sector – no car owner will tole-
facturing, allowing output to be for styrol copolymers to rise rate a damaged or peeled-off
increased significantly. Luranyl®HT + Higher prices forecast as from coating layer on visable exterior
has been optimized for low proces- the second quarter of the year parts like bumpers after car wash or
sing temperatures and thermal stabi- + The reason is international during everyday use.
lity. Examples of product use include developments in Asia
specialized impact-resistant cable and China in particular Tramaco developed a solution to this
ducts and casings in the electrical + For more information and problem, and now offers to customers
industry. advice, please contact the all over the world special, tailormade
solutions based on TRAPYLEN®.
Romira sales team
ROMIRA supplies Luranyl®HT dyed ROWA Lack develops and produces
in all standard colours. Our range of TRAPYLEN® on the company’s state-
services is rounded off by technical TRAMACO of-the-art, computer-aided pro-
on-site support and product-specific duction lines in accordance with
developments. A round product portfolio DIN ISO 9001:2000 regulations.
for the automotive sector: Lacquering bumpers in the same co-
Tramaco TRAPYLEN® and lour as the car body is a technically
introduces: Trapur® – primers for challenging application. The trend
Sabine difficult plastics to coat for same-colour bumpers started at
Hausmann the end of the 80s and has since be-
come standard for German cars.
It was love that Polyolefinic plastics, such as Poly- Solvent-borne lacquer systems are
brought our sales propylene (PP) and (elastomer) the most widely used coatings in this
assistant to modified PP blends, are very cost- area of application. Tramaco’s CPO
effective and are used in a broad products TRAPYLEN® 130 X and
she soon found
range of industrial applications. The TRAPYLEN® 135 X are very well esta-
a job with Romira where she could
put her sales expertise and excellent mechanical properties of these pla- blished in this market and are used
language skills to good use. She is the stics are constantly being improved, all over the world to coat plastics.
contact person for several German thus opening up new markets.
sales regions and for many of our TRAPYLEN® can be used as a primer
European customers. Coating these plastics is a challenge or as an adhesion additive in pig-
because conventional coating sys- mented primers:
respond flexibly to special customer TRAPYLEN® / Trapur® as foil primer
needs. and ROWATHAL® / ROWAKRYL® as
TRAPYLEN® 9200 W –
the first water-dilutable and Of course, it takes more than just a
chlorine-free primer by Tramaco good adhesion spectrum to make a
Schematic structure of a coated PP bumper good foil and artificial leather primer.
TRAPYLEN® 9200 W was first pres- Properties such as flexibility, elon-
TRAPYLEN 112 X –®
ented at the European Coatings gation, anti-blocking, light fastness
custom-made for PP Show 2003 as a trial product. This and excellent adhesion with the top
product is based on a chlorine-free, coat are also essential. Require-
One of the effects of the automotive chemically modified PP and displays ments vary from customer to cus-
industry’s cost-slashing drive is that good adhesion on many polyolefinic tomer, which is why we always
moulded plastic parts are increa- material. formulate the primer to match the
singly being made of elastomer-free customer’s specific film, top coat
PP. Substrates such as these are Since then TRAPYLEN® 9200 W and machines used for processing
more difficult to coat than traditional has become a standard item in and application.
PP/EPDM blends and they require Tramaco’s product portfolio and is
primers with outstanding adhesion commercially used by our custo- Tramaco specializes in developing
properties. mers. TRAPYLEN® 9200 W is produ- customized primer systems and of-
ced in Pinneberg as a 40% emulsion fers a wide range of water-dilutable,
Improved adhesion in CPOs is gene- without APEO surfactants and pro- solvent-borne and UV-curing sys-
rally attained by reducing the chlo- cess solvents. tems formulated to customer speci-
rine content. However, this also sig- fications.
nificantly reduces the solubility of TRAPYLEN® – primers for foils
the CPOs in primer formulations can and artificial leather
quickly lead to gelling. TRAMACO
In 1995, the automotive industry
TRAPYLEN® 112 X has a dense started using thermoplastic polyole- Suspension of the use
molecular weight distribution, mea- finic (TPO) artificial leather for
ning that it forms stable solutions, vehicle interiors. Like the PVC arti-
despite having a lower chlorine con- ficial leather used previously, TPO in food packaging
tent. too is requiring a suitable top coat to
improve the surface durability. Since Azodicarbonamide, either on its own
Water-dilutable products – TPO is a difficult to coat substrate or as a component in exothermal
good for the environment special primers are required to ad- blowing agents, is used worldwide
here the top coat onto the film. as a blowing agent for thermoplas-
Increasingly stringent regulations ai- tics and elastomers.
med at reducing (solvent) emissions Tramaco and ROWA Lack have
have made it necessary to focus on developed a winning system: Recent findings have shown semi-
developing water-dilutable coating carbizide might be formed as a by-
systems that offer the same property product when azodicarbonamide
profiles as existing, proven solvent- decomposes. Low concentrations of
borne systems. semicarbazide (lower than 25 µg/kg)
have been detected in some foods;
Tramaco recently launched Our export coordina- as a result, the European Commis-
TRAPYLEN® 6800 W, a water-diluta- tor Bettina Allwardt sion issued directive no. 2004/1/EC
ble CPO which is already being com- is renowned for her suspending the use of azodicar-
mercially used as a primer for moul- steady hand with bonamide in materials and items that
ded PP parts (e.g. dashboards). come into contact with foodstuffs as
Air or sea, and any destination world-
TRAPYLEN® 6800 W is made at our from 2 August 2005.
wide: she always has the right docu-
Pinneberg site without APEO surfac- ments.
tants and process solvents. "Made in A globetrotter at heart, her first long The scientific panel set up to exami-
Germany" – TRAPYLEN® 6800 W is trip was to California as an au-pair. ne the toxicity of semicarbazide con-
the only water-soluble CPO made in She still loves to travel – when her cluded that the risk was marginal,
Europe. This gives us the decisive 6-year-old son lets her. Bettina has but that the presence of semicarba-
advantage of being able to guaran- been with Tramaco for 15 years and zide in foodstuffs was undesirable.
tee our customers extremely short loves the variety and customer con- Chiefly affected by this new directive
delivery times and it allows us to tacts that her job offers her. are blown plastic gaskets used to
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seal food packaging; many types of better, eliminate weak spots and Stefan Tembrockhaus looks after
packaging already use alternative identify new sources of revenues. customers from France, Belgium,
blowing systems. Our experts at All of these continual improvements Spain and North/West Africa.
Tramaco application technology will help us align environmental protec-
be happy to provide details of alter- tion with economic viability, which is Jörk Krumwiede is key account ma-
native blowing agents for specific one of the most valuable services we nager for Germany, and is also in
applications. can offer our customers. charge of purchasing and production
planning for the Pinneberg facility.
The new directive has no impact on
the use of azodicarbonamide in ma- ROWA Petra Santos is responsible for all
terials that do not come into contact general customers of Germany,
with foods. In all of these applica- Individual lacquer solutions – Portugal, the Netherlands, England
tions azodicarbonamide will remain and Ireland. She also handles all re-
flexible, dependable and strong
the blowing agent of choice due to quests for product samples.
its excellent processability, cell
structure, effectiveness and eco- Focussing the ROWA Lack facility: Your ROWA Lack contact person is
nomy. in this and the following issue of our there to help you – our flexible, de-
newsletter we will introduce the pendable, strong team is committed
dedicated staff of ROWA Lack, the to find the right lacquer solution for
ROWA driving force behind the company’s your specific needs.
exceptional performance and flexi-
Lean and clean management bility.
In the past few years, ROWA Lack The sales team acts as an interface
has upgraded all production facilities between the customer and our pro- Successful repeat audit
to create closed processes with inte- duction team. The staff deals with
in accordance with
grated IT process control; all asso- all order queries and requests for
samples. The team is structured to DIN ISO 9001
ensure that there is always someone
highly competent to answer any In October 2003,
questions, even if your personal sa- auditors Rolf Baltus
les person is currently not available. and Peter Stöß of
The team is kept busy with order TÜV Management
processing, dispatch organisation, Service successful-
invoicing, a range of various produc- ly completed ROWA
tion planning, data input and actively Group’s first repeat
supporting our field sales force. audit. Carried out to reassess the
Expert advice and efficient help from Group’s compliance with DIN ISO
ROWA Lack is only a milestone 9001:2000, the audit was a complete
away. success and a new certificate was
Edit Herbut is responsible for
Austria, Italy, Scandinavia, Eastern The audit took place in the Pinne-
Europe and most non-European berg and Seevetal facilities. The a-
ciated departments, including the countries. reas audited comprised develop-
tank and hazardous goods storage ment, production, marketing and
area and the laboratory, have also sales of masterbatches, coatings,
been upgraded and optimized, mea- dyed plastics, chemical blowing
ning that we now fully comply with agents and additives.
the conditions laid down in new Ger-
man TA-Luft (guideline for emission The renewed certificate confirms
control) and the EU VOC. that the company has a functional,
highly effective management system
The next stage for ROWA Lack is to which fully complies with ISO stan-
implement the DIN EN ISO 14001 sa- dards and which is actively upheld
fety and environmental management by the company’s staff. The Group’s
system. Compliance with this indis- executives are committed to pro-
pensable, future-orientated directive The sales team: mote and support the development
will help us to hold resources even E. Herbut, J. Krumwiede, S. Tembrockhaus, P. Santos of the management system.
ROWA stand at ZOW 2004 A strong team for specific
in Bad Salzuflen TPUs: Huntsman and
In February 2004, ROWA Lack at-
tended the tenth international ZOW Huntsman Polyurethanes and Müller
trade fair in Bad Salzuflen. This lea- Kunststoffe are continuing their
ding fair for furniture products and highly successful cooperation.
services is an important issue for Müller has been modifying Hunts-
trends and innovations. man’s thermoplastic polyurethanes
since 1998. Combining polymers to
One of the key topics discussed with form blends or alloys opens up a
Joint presentation in Moscow:
our customers and visitors was the wide potential for optimizing the pro-
Reiner Delp (Merck), Dr Volker Jordan (ROWA),
range of new soft-touch products. Dr Manfred Weigand (Merck), Vladimir Goldenberg perties of thermoplastic materials.
This new generation of coatings ba- (Gamma Plast)
sed on innovative adhesive agents
was specially developed to meet the One of the chief problems in present-
tactile requirements of films used for day manufacturing is that of flow
furniture and car interior. ROWA lines in injection moulded parts.
Lack will focus on expanding this ROWA Masterbatches offer a num-
segment. ber of ways of avoiding this unwan-
ted effect, e.g. by using the pro-
prietary 3-P method (Pulse-Push-
ROWA Process). ROWA Masterbatches are
a real, and considerably cheaper,
Masterbatches with effect alternative to expensive special
pigments shown at
Moscow trade show Masterbatches with effect pigments
are used in the automotive supply
For the first sector, electronics and premium A good team:
time in ROWA packaging, e.g. cosmetics. This ex- Mr Tremmel (Huntsman), Georg Ender (Müller),
Group’s his- citing new product shows just what Mr Limerckens (Huntsman), Ottmar Sebald (Müller)
tory, ROWA can happen when ROWA Master-
Masterbatches batch teams up with a customer to The results are technically superior
presented the discover and develop new, more speciality products which can be
company’s effective products and processing used in innovative applications or
products as methods. as substitutes for other elastomer
co-exhibitor at the Merck stand at materials.
Plastics Trade Show in Moscow These “material compounds“ are
(23 – 27 February 2004). The exhibi- Rainer Bott
sold to our customers as ready-
tion showcases international packa- to-use compound granulates - and
ging trends, machines and aids. Continual mo- they do their job! In the safety foot-
dernization of wear segment we have been able to
Before the show, ROWA Master- technical pro- improve slip resistance by 30 – 40%.
batch set up a cooperation partners- cesses and the We offer anti-static (up to 106 ohm)
hip with Merck covering the latter’s introduction of TPU materials for highly sensitive
effect pigments. Together, the two new manufacturing techniques are the technical applications in virtually any
companies have developed master- main responsibilities of the technical di- colour. By including special additives
batches for injection moulding which rector of our laboratory and production we can also manufacture highly fle-
services. Rainer, who studied plastics
provide solutions for many appli- xible TPU compounds with greatly
engineering, has been working in
cation problems. The new products masterbatches for 14 years and brought
increased abrasion resistance.
were unveiled at the Moscow show, his expertise to ROWA in 2003. His
and a distributor, the Moscow-based hobbies include freeclimbing, recum- Both companies intend to continue
specialist Gamma Plast, was ap- bent cycling and paddling. working closely together in the fu-
pointed for the CIS region. ture.
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Investing in the future PVC colour masterbatches
for soft PVC
In the second half of 2003, three
extruders in the Grünewaldstraße
facility were reconditioned and new Müller Kunststoffe has developed a
control units and dosing equipment series of colour masterbatch sys-
were installed to allow us to extend tems designed specially for use with
our range of services and enhance soft PVCs in injection moulding or
logistics. A new concentrate and extrusion applications which are
colour blending facility were also 100% compatible with the plastic
Our team for quality assurance in both plants
Unlike universal masterbatches,
which are frequently based on EVA This can lead to peeling or a reduc-
or EVA-type plastics, Müller Kunst- tion of the mechanical properties.
stoffe uses only soft PVC carrier sy- Our philosophy is to offer a wide
stems. These can be adjusted to range of standard carrier systems,
specific requirements – e.g. hard- as well as providing customized
ness and heat conductivity – to en- systems to specific requirements as
sure that optimum homogeneity is needed. Colours are usually blended
attained during processing. Even if to customer requirements according
the soft PVC is required to have spe- to colour charts or colour samples.
cific mechanical properties, all un-
wanted attributes can be counter- Adding colour to transparent plastics
acted by modifying the universal is a tricky job, because the use of the
Quality assurance was made even carriers accordingly. wrong MB carrier system can result
tighter and the laboratory was up- in unwanted clouding. We sit down
graded by adding new equipment. Frequently, larger qualities of colour with our customers to discuss their
We are now in a position to provide masterbatches are added than re- precise needs before developing and
even more efficient, material-specific commended by the manufacturer. testing a solution.
screening. The organisation of the la-
boratory is currently being adapted
and simplified to meet the needs of
our operations. This year, we will re-
condition a further production line,
which will conclude the moderniza-
tion programme of our facility.
New production standards meant
that we no longer had sufficient
capacities for quality assurance and
development at our Plant II; accor-
dingly, a new laboratory extruder
was purchased in the past weeks.
Since both our production and stora-
ge capacities more than reached
their limits last year, Müller Kunst-
stoffe will be building a new storage
and production hall as an extension
to Plant II. The investment volume for
the 3,000 sqm reinforced concrete
building will be in the region of
EUR 1.2 million and the new equip-
ment requires to open up a new ex-
truder line at the end of 2004, which
will require a further EUR 1.2 million.
MÜLLER bility of TPU to considerably above MÜLLER
the one of ester TPU. A further ad-
Highly effective TPU vantage is that the use of our TPE Crystal Clear by
masterbatches also prevents mate-
additive batches Müller Kunststoffe
rial incompatibilities from occurring,
thus also preventing a reduction of
Abrasion improvers the mechanical properties, because
for ESTER TPU both masterbatches have a TPU as a
TPU is used in many applications
because of its excellent mechanical AntiYellow batch
stability – in particular, its resistance
to abrasion. In order to enhance this When manufacturing transparent
attribute even further we developed parts with standard TPUs it can be
a batch which is 20-30% more resi- very difficult to avoid yellowing
stant to abrasion. occurring as a result of specific pro-
cess methods. This is most obvious
Frequently, the values on the TPU in the finished part. The solution is to
manufacturers’ spec sheets do not use a Müller Kunststoffe thermosta-
correspond to the actual results of bilizer batch or a special adjusted Transparent or dyed transparent
the finished part. This is because the colour batch. The pigments in the products are greatly in demand at
heat, used to process the TPU can colour batch are specially selected the moment. Always swift to react to
cause mechanical deterioration, to visually neutralize the yellowing. emerging trends, Müller Kunststoffe
which increases susceptibility to presented the new TPE Crystal Clear
abrasion. In these cases LIFOBATCH series at Fakuma last autumn. The
is an ideal solution. products are used to manufacture
single parts and 2K coatings on PP,
Hydrolysis masterbatch ABS, SAN and PET; they are parti-
cularly suitable for the production of
During TPU processing residual toothbrushes and household items.
moisture and existing acid groups in
the material can cause a problem. The product line also includes colour
Residual moisture and free acid masterbatches precisely formulated
groups split the ester bonds and to a for the elastomer material. This en-
lesser extent, the urethane groups in sures optimum compatibility and
the TPU. The higher the processing processability. The sky’s the limit
temperature, the faster this occurs. when it comes to the choice of co-
lour: all colours can also be combi-
Müller Kunststoff’s masterbatches ned with special visual effects.
prevent these reactions from occur-
ring, by binding the residual moisture
and acid groups to carbodiimide. Published by: ROWA Group
The chemical structure of carbodii- Siemensstraße 1-3
mide also prevents the melt viscosity V.i.S.d.P.: Udo Müller
Edited by: Menyesch Public Relations
The use of masterbatches also With AntiYellow Batch Without AntiYellow Batch Graphic design: Winneberger & Haacker
greatly enhances the long-term sta-
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